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Why Does the College Have a Support Person Program?

The College’s ongoing mandate is to protect the public from unqualified, incompetent and unfit practitioners. As part of this public protection mandate, the College has a duty to consider and investigate reports and complaints regarding alleged misconduct or incompetence of College members, including sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature.

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What Members Need to Know: COVID-19

The College continues to monitor the ongoing developments related to COVID-19 and is committed to providing College members and other stakeholders with ongoing updates and information. While the College’s physical office remains closed, we have resumed many regulatory operations remotely.

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Q&A: The Missing Persons Act

The purpose of the new law is to assist police in locating a missing person where no criminal investigation is underway. Under the new law, once a client is established to be a missing person, police officers are able to request information contained in client records with an urgent demand, an order for the production of records or a search warrant.

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Q&A: Why Does the College Publish Discipline Decisions?

As the regulator of social workers and social service workers in Ontario, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers publishes Discipline Committee decisions to inform the public about social workers or social service workers who have engaged in professional misconduct or are incompetent.[1]

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Are registered social workers able to complete supporting assessments for clients seeking gender confirming surgery?

Yes, provided that certain requirements are met. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), states that registered social workers who have “a master’s degree in social work, and hold a current certificate of registration” with the College may complete supporting assessments recommending gender confirming surgery (GCS).

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I recently changed my name. Do I have to notify the College?

Yes. If you are changing your name, you must advise the College of both your former name(s) and your new name(s) in writing and include a copy of the change of name certificate or marriage certificate for our records. You may send the information via fax to 416-972-1512, by email to info@ocswssw.org or mail to […]

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